The Coast Conservation Department is to clear all the illegal settlements on the Unawatuna coastal belt within the next two weeks.
The department said that these steps have been taken after a prolonged study on the pollution and widespread sand erosion taking place in the Unawatuna coastal strip.
These illegal settlements have a direct impact on these factors. As a counter measure, the authorities have decided to pump sand from the sea bed to resort the coastal belt.
The police are also assisting the Coastal Department to clear the illegal settlements in the coastal belt. (Supun Dias)